Would Not Do It Again
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I wanted to be free of the sun damage. The magic...
- 1 Jul 2008
I wanted to be free of the sun damage. The magic in a laser was coming in the form of Active FX. I was prepared for pain from the laser, which hurt like heck, swelling, redness, taking time off to heal, daily care of my skin, icing, etc.
I was not prepared for a dreadful experience. Day 2 it felt like someone was going over my face with a barbed wire rolling pin. Not only did I look like a big red ball (swelling), I was taking 800 mg of Ibuprofen 3 times a day but it hardly helped the pain. It was difficult to sleep, to concentrate on anything that might take my mind off the irritation. Day 3 the itching started. Holy cow! In addition to the burning! I had been given an Aloe Vera & Zinc creme to be topped off with Aquaphor. The creme burned at first. By day 4 I was blistering. By day 5 I'm calling the PS, emailing her photos (I will not leave the house). She wants to up my dose of Valtrex because it may be shingles. Shingles?! Nobody said anything about that happening. Day 6 the big pus blisters are under my eyes and I'm afraid. If you get shingles by your eyes it can cause blindness. Day 7 I go to see my MD (I will leave the house before I go blind). Not shingles. No more Valtrex. Now I'm on Prednisone to ease the severe inflamation and using a cortizone prescription.
I'm very fair and I feel the Active FX was too severe for my skin. The right side was much more burned than the left, I still have red raw skin in a couple places that look like day 1. I did what I was told for after-care, and I wasn't told much. Thanks to this site I learned A LOT. I can only hope my skin will return to normal. I'm concerned about scars from this.
So many variations on how each of us respond. I never could have predicted this. I have a pretty high pain tolerance so that isn't the biggest issue, it's the pencil eraser sized blisters that, from day 4 to today, day 7, are still popping up.
This is to update my Active FX review. It's been...
- 15 Jul 2008